Priority 1

Enhance AAMU's Distinctiveness and Competitiveness

The Strategic Priority 1 Objectives are as follows:

  •  By fall 2016, each school, in collaboration with faculty, will develop outcome assessment plans for all academic programs, and establish targets for collecting and using assessment results
  • Increase enrollment to 6,000 students by fall 2020
  •  Increase retention rate 7% by the end of the 2020 academic year
  • Increase graduation rate to 40% by the end of the 2020 academic year
  • By 2025, deliver a sufficient level of courses in online formats so no less than 15% of AAMU's students enroll in online courses

The Strategic Priority 1 Implementation Strategies are as follows:

  •  Establish multiple incentives and rewards to encourage the pursuit of excellence, and provide incentives for faculty, staff, and students to be aggressively engaged in research and other scholarly activities
  • Provide greater support for faculty development opportunities to enhance innovative instructional methods, course design, and curricular development
  • Engage all undergraduate students in experiential learning, early in their careers at AAMU, through involvement in research, study abroad programs, service learning, internships, and other hands-on experiences appropriate to their curricula
  • Establish discipline appropriate start-up packages (including equipment/supplies and travel funds, research time release, teaching/research assistant support, etc.) to attract and retain outstanding faculty
  • Establish faculty incentives and reward structure, including development grants, load reduction, and promotion and tenure recognition, to encourage the use of technology in the learning environment
  • Review academic programs to identify those that have low productivity or low priority or are unnecessarily redundant; convert selected degree programs to online format
  • Recruit, enroll, and retain an academically prepared and diverse student body
  • Enhance co-curricular and extracurricular programs for the holistic education of students
  • Expand study abroad opportunities for students, and research and teaching opportunities for faculty through agreements and joint programs with foreign universities
  • Provide up-to-date facilities and infrastructure to enhance academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs
  • Build on AAMU's strong STEM foundation by adding interdisciplinary and cross disciplinary STEM offerings across schools and academic departments